City of Red Wing

Sister Cities Commission

Staff Liaison: Lisa Acker:  Phone: 651.385.5113

Council Liaison: Kim Beise: E-mail: Phone: 651.261.1859

The Sister Cities Commission promotes cultural exchange between cities of different nations to foster strengthened economics, world peace and a greater understanding of the world issues. The City of Red Wing has two official sister cities – Ikata, Japan and Quzhou, China. The commission also has an informal relationship with Drammen, Norway. The Sister Cities Commission can have up to 15 members appointed by the Mayor.

The Sister Cities Commission meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. with ODD months meeting live in the City Council Chambers and EVEN months workshop meetings in the Mississippi Room, City Hall.

Sister Cities Commissioners

  • Tom Brase, Chair
  • Daniel Bernstrom - Vice Chair
  • Wanda Hayes
  • Julie Moxley
  • Matt Quinn
  • Benjamin Schmidt

To view Sister Cities Commission meeting agendas, minutes and vidoes, please click on:


 Are you a student or chaperone that is interested in being part of this exchange program? If so, please click on the link below:


For more information on the Student Exchange, click here.


Ikata and Red Wing come together! The purpose of this site is to provide information to students and host families participating in our summer exchange program. Posts will be uploaded in English and Japanese.  It also provides links to the Ikata Town website, the Ikata/Red Wing Facebook page, and the Ikata Wiki page.


Red Wing Sister Cities is now on Facebook! Become a fan today.